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Next "A Better Normal" community discussion series: April 2, 2020/ Secondary Traumatic Stress and Caregivers

Our next COVID-19 "Better Normal" community discussion is Thursday, April 2, with Vic Compher and Rodney Whittenberg, producers of CAREGIVERS (Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain). These wonderful folks are bringing an entire team of people from the secondary traumatic stress committees from the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF).

FREE Access to 2 Early Childhood Webinars, Resources and Handouts on COVID-19

FREE Access to 2 Early Childhood Webinars, Resources and Handouts on COVID-19 (details below) Sponsored by Region 9 Head Start Association, Center for Optimal Brain Integration™ and Continued. Webinar #1 Being Your Own Emergency First Responder: Leaders Managing the Stress of Working in Response to COVID-19 Facilitators: Julie Kurtz, Julie Nicholson and LaWanda Wesley Description: This webinar provides leaders with useful information to help them manage their own stress response to the...

Got time for a little brainstorming with ACEsConnection?

On Friday, March 20, 2020, you're invited to join me to talk about how we, as a community, can continue to guide and educate ourselves about to deal with the effects of the spread of Covid-19, and how to continue those efforts with people who don't yet know about ACEs science. And, given this last week, how we can provide more support to stay in the front of our brains instead of feeding our amygdala.

Resources & Materials: 2/27/20 SoCal Learning Community

Thank you to all those who joined us on Thursday February 27, 2020 for the third of our 4-part SoCal Learning Community series: Re-visioning Prevention: Exploring Systems Innovation and Best Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Visit this link to access the recording, resources and materials, https://conta.cc/2TFqmdR Shawndi Johnson, Dads Matter Program Manager, shared with us the critical importance of engaging fathers in the process of sharing services, family healing,...

Learning Community Recording Available: Building Family, Agency, and Community Resilience: Rural Policies to Improve Housing Affordability and Accessibility

The third Sierra Learning Community for the 2019-20 fiscal year focused upon Building Family, Agency, and Community Resilience: Rural Policies to Improve Housing Affordability and Accessibility. The power point and other materials distributed to attendees are attached to this post. View the recording by clicking here: 2.13.20 Sierra Learning Community ANNOUNCEMENTS Make sure to visit the Strategies2.0 YouTube Channel to access recordings of all the Strategies2.0 sponsored webinars and...

A New Suite of Data on Safeguards for Youth

Safeguards for Youth is a compilation of the latest data on promoting California children’s health and well-being. The data describe protective factors and supportive services, both of which are critical to building a solid foundation for life and addressing the effects of childhood adversity. Protective factors highlight the importance of preventive health care, a strong start in education, and a nurturing school community. Supportive services address adverse experiences such as health...

WEBINAR: Growing Resilient Communities 2.1 Framework to Accelerate Your ACEs Initiative on 2/6

10-11:30am on Thursday, February 6, 2020 This 90-minute professional webinar from Strategies 2.0 will introduce family support professionals and others to the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and look more deeply into strategies community members can utilize to accelerate local ACEs initiatives. Together we will explore the five elements of Growing Resilient Communities 2.1 Framework. For more information and to register: https:// strategiesca.asentialms.com/ catalog/

Dr. Melissa Merrick Explains CDC's Vital Signs/ACEs Report [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides four key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs/ACEs report , of which she is the lead author. Merrick also identifies several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families and communities, which are fundamental to preventing ACEs. Among these solutions is strengthening economic...

TIC: News and Notes for November 2019

ACEs, Adversity's Impact Podcast: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Vital Signs: Estimated proportion of adult health problems attributable to adverse childhood experiences and implications for prevention - 25 states, 2015-2017 Animal study shows how stress and mother's abuse affects infant brain LGBTQ, traumatized homeless youth more vulnerable to being trafficked: Report How do these pediatricians do ACEs screening?Early adopters tell all When family relationships become toxic: The trauma of...

Webinar Oct. 17 — Integrating ACEs science in pediatrics: Early adopters share lessons from the field

An ACEs Connection webinar co-sponsored with 4 CA In 2017, California became the first state in the country to pass a law supporting universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the 5.3 million children in the state’s Medicaid program. As clinicians around California await the state’s announcement of what this new policy will entail, many are wondering what it takes to integrate ACEs science in a pediatric practice. Meet Drs. Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, R.J. Gillespie and...

September 18, 2019 Sierra Region Learning Community: Highlights and Resources

The first Sierra Learning Community for the 2019-20 fiscal year focused upon Best Practices in Trauma Informed Care: Building Youth Resiliency. The power point and other materials distributed to attendees is available in the Resources Section. View the recording by clicking here: September 18, 2019 Sierra Learning Community ANNOUNCEMENTS Make sure to visit the Strategies2.0 YouTube Channel to access recordings of all the Strategies2.0 sponsored webinars and Learning Communities. The channel...

Using the Centrality of Relationships as a Protective Factor in Building Resilience: Infusing Childhood Mental Health Principles and Practices across the Care Continuum for Children and Families [strategiesca.asentialms.com]

By Strategies 2.0, September 4, 2019 The Northern Region Strategies 2.0 Learning Community will focus on Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) principles and practices in partnership with a regional initiative implemented by the Early Childhood Mental Health Consortium, UCSF Dept of Psychiatry, Child Trauma Research Program/Infant Parent Program/Early Intervention Services. The intent is to move forward resiliency by going further upstream in prevention efforts. Main Presenter: Barbara Ivins...

Dr. Mona Delahooke Will Present at The Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference in California

Have you been hearing all the buzz about Dr. Mona Delahooke's new book, Beyond Behaviors ? In my opinion, it’s the best new book of 2019. Dr. Delahooke is a practicing pediatric clinical psychologist of thirty years. She is gaining critical acclaim and grassroots support for challenging the prevalent and pervasive behaviorist bias in schools. As a result, she is an emerging authority in the growing revolution to re-interpret children's misbehavior. She highlights much of the books' content...

Webinar: Building Resilient Communities with Elaine Miller-Karas

2019 Webinar Series: Building Resilient Communities Thursday, August 8th, 2019 10:00AM PDT | 1:00PM EDT This webinar will explore integrating a biological based model to reduce the impacts of toxic stress for children and adults. It is a model both for prevention and to use in the aftermath of adverse event. The Community Resiliency Model has been integrated into the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning Program, a curriculum for schools K-12, inspired by his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Strategies 2.0 free trainings (including NEW topics)

Remember to visit http://strategiesca.org/services/trainings/ to find out about FREE trainings from Strategies 2.0. They have recently added trainings on the following topics: Home Visiting Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101 Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 201 Family Resource Centers: Vehicles for Change Protective Factors: Deeper Dives To read the full descriptions and request or enroll for a training, visit ...

Building Community Resilience, Volume II

Building Community Resilience, Volume II: State of Readiness: System and Provider Abilities to Respond This second volume in the Strategies 2.0 toolkit series describes the organizational capacity needed for a shared approach to building community resilience within an organization or network. The tools in this volume will assist organizations to: Build a logic model to focus the work Assess their level of readiness to implement BCR efforts Identify the steps needed to increase readiness for...

Youth Thrive Survey Now Available FREE

The Youth Thrive Survey, which collects data on Protective and Promotive Factors data, is now available to all organizations free of charge! This valid and reliable web-based survey from the Center for the Study of Social Policy measures the presence, strength, and growth of the Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors as proxy indicators of well-being. Co-designed with youth and young adults and taking less than 15 minutes to complete, the survey can be an effective tool for informing...

Dr. Melissa Merrick Named New President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America [preventchildabuse.org]

Prevent Child Abuse America, June 18, 2019. Chicago—Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced today that after a nationwide search its board of directors has selected Dr. Melissa Merrick (right) as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Merrick brings more than 18 years of clinical, research and leadership experience related to the etiology, course and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Merrick currently serves as a senior epidemiologist at the National...

2 Webinars from Strategies 2.0

Empower Latin American Communities to Prevent Sex Trafficking 10am to 11:30am on 6/13/19 A 90-minute webinar focusing on the scope and overview of sex trafficking of Mexico and Latin America and how it connects to the United States. This webinar will increase awareness of the vulnerabilities Spanish-speaking populations face, increase access to human trafficking victim and survivor services, and highlight resources/tools to educate Mexican and Latin American communities. Weaving in theory...

Whole People Series & Study Guide (www.pbs.org)

There's a fantastic five-part series, Whole People , done by PBS, " spotlighting the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through personal and community stories. It explores the long-term costs to personal well-being and our society. While much work needs to be done, there are many innovative developments to prevent and treat ACES. We all play a role in becoming a whole people." It's amazing. The five topics covered are as follows: Childhood Trauma Healing Communities A New...

Resources and Highlights from the May 16, 2019 Sierra Region Learning Community: Fourth in the Building Resilience Series

The fourth Sierra Learning Community in the four-part Building Resiliency Series focused on: Exploring evidence-based tools and interventions for addressing Behavioral Health needs in the Sierra Nevada Region. The power point distributed to attendees is attached. View the recording by clicking here: Sierra Region May 16, 2019 Learning Community ANNOUNCEMENTS Make sure to visit the Strategies2.0 YouTube Channel to access recordings of all the Strategies2.0 sponsored webinars and Learning...

Capital Learning Community meetings

June 20, 12-3pm: Building Community Trust for Programs Learning Community participants will share with speakers promising programs and best practices to help mitigate the increased fear and anxiety among immigrant families. The Learning Community Session will begin with a panel of speakers involved in better understanding the growing issue and impacts of anti-immigrant climate in our communities. June 24, 1-4pm: County Collaborations to End Child Abuse Prevention and child welfare leaders...

Consulting Position at Strategies 2.0

Are you ready to lead transformative change for children and families in California? Strategies 2.0, at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento CA, is looking for a Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist who will help grow knowledge and networks for professionals working with families--through impactful consulting to collaborations and organizations, training to direct-service teams, and regional movement-building among family-building and community-building leaders.

Strengthening Families Framework TRAINERS

Thirty more individuals in the states of California, Indiana, and Alabama were just trained to be a trainer of the Strengthening Families Framework from the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds. This is HUGE! That makes slightly over 1,000 total from the 50 states. But what happens now? We have newly trained trainers trying to reach out and converse with everyone and anyone, with local Health and Human Services Agencies, with local schools, fire departments and police...

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Families Impacted by Addiction

RFQ ANNOUNCEMENT: Celebrating Families! California Expansion Project Update: Due to the expanding ACEs response in California, and subsequent interest in Celebrating Families! we are extending the due date for proposals to May 24 th. Invitation to Expand Celebrating Families!™ Statewide The California State Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) recognizing the effectiveness of Celebrating Families! (CF!), has awarded Prevention Partnership International (PPI) a $100,000, 2-year challenge...

Strategies 2.0 Webinars for May and June

Cost: Free Location: Online GoToTraining Register: www.StrategiesCA.org TOPICS & DATES: PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DYNAMICS: May 7, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 AM PST LEVERAGING ACES CONNECTION TO BRING ACES SCIENCE INTO YOUR COMMUNITY: May 21, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 pm PST EMPOWER LATIN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES TO PREVENT SEX TRAFFICKING: June 13, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 AM PST ENGAGING FATHERS IN PRACTICE: June 25, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 AM PST For past webinars and Learning Communities...

Join us on May 17, 2019 for the SoCal Learning Community!

Please join us for the conclusion of our four part series: Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs Know Your Audience: Program Participants, Potential Clients and Community Members Enroll Here! Date: Friday May 17, 2019 Time: Check in at 9:30am, begin at 10am, conclude at 12:30pm Enroll to join in person or remotely through one of the options below: Otis Booth Campus, Los Angeles Remote sites in Atascadero, Ventura, Lancaster, San Bernardino, Moreno...

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America [The Rural Monitor]

By Jenn Lukens April 17, 2019 It was late July 2018 when the Mendocino Complex wildfire broke out in rural Lake County, California. It burned more than 450,000 acres and destroyed 280 structures before it was contained. Ana Santana managed to fill some storage bins with sentimental items – her kids’ blankets, pictures, and art projects – before fleeing her home. Santana is the facilitator of the Lake County Children’s Council and Program Director for Healthy Start Youth and Family Services ,...

Registration is OPEN! May 16, 2019 Sierra Region Learning Community

Fourth in the Building Resilience Series The Learning Community series will continue to focus on Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach, highlighting evidence-based behavioral health programs. Hear about successful approaches to support the behavioral health needs of children and families with a focus upon rural communities. We have a great line-up of speakers! Two of the three speakers are remote, and both have programs in rural areas. Carly E. McCord, Ph. D., Director of...

Strategies 2.0 Promotes Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts

Strategies 2.0 trains, supports, and builds relationships so that we can lift up best practices, link people and organizations regionally and statewide, and leverage our collective power to prevent child abuse. This month we also join the movement to promote Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month to raise awareness that child abuse is preventable. #WearBlue4Kids We hope you will join us and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) to encourage everyone in your communities to Volunteer, Speak...

Upcoming webinars from Strategies 2.0

Strategies 2.0 is offering four workshops in the coming months. See the course descriptions below. For more information and to register, visit https://strategiesca.asentialms.com/catalog/ PROMOTING RESILIENCE USING A TWO GENERATION MODEL Friday, April 19, 2019 Guest Speaker: Todd Sosna, Ph.D., Management Consultant The 90-minute professional webinar, intended for family support professionals and systems leaders, will provide a compelling case for the merits of two-generation programs in...

STRATEGIES LEARNING COMMUNITY SUMMARY FEB 21 2019

Thank you to Mark Weller and Aimee Dube for the excellent presentation regarding how they’ve set up a data collection system across their network of 17 Family Resource Centers using the Protective Factors Survey (PFS). The following captures key points. What prompted the decision to use the PFS: • They had been utilizing an excel spreadsheet with about 95 data elements and realized this was cumbersome and not demonstrating outcomes with clarity • The intent was to streamline data collection...

Highlights and Resources from the February 7, 2019 Strategies 2.0 Sierra Regional Learning Community: Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach, Emphasizing Partnerships with Behavioral Health Systems.

Growing knowledge and networks for professionals working with families The third Sierra Learning Community in the four-part Building Resiliency Series focused on: Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach, Emphasizing P artnerships with Behavioral Health Systems. Together we explored successful approaches to support the behavioral health needs of children and families living in rural communities. View the recording of the event by clicking here: 2.7.19 Sierra Learning Community...

WEBINAR: Preventing Child Neglect by Building Protective Factors on 2/14

Join Strengthening Families for a webinar on Thursday, February 14, 12-1pm. Explore ways that it is "Everyone's Responsibility" to help prevent child neglect and how building protective factors at all levels of the social ecology can be an effective strategy to prevent child neglect. The session will include segments from one of the training sequences from the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds' new four-part training, "Let's Talk About . . . Preventing Child...

Strategies 2.0 Capitol Regional Learning Community 2019 kick-off

Please join the 2019 kick-off session of the Strategies 2.0 Capitol Regional Learning Community on March 7. The Capitol Learning Community will discuss the State funding opportunities and align them with local priorities at the first meeting in the new year. The meeting will also provide training and evaluation of the Community Resilience Toolkit which was launched late last year. Please see the attachment for more information. Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 Time: 12PM to 2:30PM Location:...

Governor Newsom announces Nadine Burke Harris to be CA's first-ever surgeon general

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a national leader in pediatric medicine, to serve as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community around early warning signs and childhood determinants of serious health outcomes. As California's Surgeon General, Dr. Burke Harris will urge policymakers at every level of government and leaders across the state to consider the social determinants of health,...

Resilience: Film and Discussion on January 31, 2019

Thursday, January 31st, 6:30-8:30pm at The El Dorado County Office of Education, Building B, Room 2, Placerville Join us to watch Resilience, the documentary film that explains the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. After the film we will discuss and share ways to build resiliency in ourselves and the children in our lives. This event is brought to you by Foster and Kinship Care Education of The El Dorado Center at Folsom...

How a story about childhood trauma in Paradise became one of community trauma [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

My project for the Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship was focused on childhood trauma, zeroing in on a town in Northern California. In the fall, that town — Paradise, California — burned in a harrowing wildfire. The story quickly changed to one of community loss. The story of trauma in two counties My initial project was about Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. ACEs are one way to quantify how much childhood trauma a person has experienced before the age of 18. Through...

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